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Problem-Solving Success Tip: Keep Your Promises

Meet your commitments. Do what you promise and donít promise what you canít deliver. Meeting commitments strengthens relationships and builds trust. You need both to solve messy problems. If the situation changes and you have to change a commitment you made in good faith, let everyone know right away so they can make appropriate changes to their own plans. It seems obvious, but many people donít manage to do this.

Managing your commitments successfully means you must be organized yourself, which brings us back to project managementówith you being the overall project. That means youíll need to write down all your specific projects, identify tasks, set priorities and keep track of progress and due dates. Each time you consider a new assignment, start by estimating the resources needed (mainly your time) and make sure youíve got what you need. Donít accept the assignment if you donít have the resources necessary. If the new assignment is more important than some of your current projects, then get the priorities and expectations adjusted by making explicit agreements with the stakeholders in the projects getting pushed back.

Like any project, of course, youíll need to keep updating your project plan so that it reflects accurately everything youíre working on. Youíll be able to tell more easily if you can accept a new commitment, and if anything starts slipping, youíre in a position both to recognize that itís happening and also to do something about it.

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Jeanne Sawyer is an author, consultant, trainer and coach who helps her clients solve expensive, chronic problems, such as those that cause operational disruptions and cause customers to take their business elsewhere. These tips are excerpted from her book, When Stuff Happens: A Practical Guide to Solving Problems Permanently. Now also an ebook, find out about it and get more free information on problem solving at her web site: